The inaugural Cat Camp NYC, a weekend that was all about celebrating cats and the many ways they enrich our lives, was a huge success. From educational lectures to informal roundtable discussions covering topics ranging from how to save orphaned kittens, help feral cats, design a home to provide an enriched environment for cats that is also pleasing to the human eye, to a keynote address by none other than Jackson Galaxy, the event drew thousands of cat lovers. In addition to the educational offerings, there were lots of vendors offering their cat-themed products.
This was an event after my own heart, because it focused on how to make cats’ lives better, whether it’s the lives of the feral cats hiding in New York City’s alleyways or the lives of our own spoiled house cats. Everyone who was there came because they loved cats – all cats.
I hosted an hour long “Ask the Cat Expert Q&A” session on Saturday, and I probably could have kept going for hours. Thank you to all who attended my session, and for the great questions you asked.
Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw delivered an inspirational seminar on how to help orphaned kittens that not only focused on the “how to” of feeding, cleaning and socializing, but also addressed the emotional aspects of fostering kittens, including the challenges of compassion fatigue.
Kate Benjamin‘s lecture on feline design and how to create a living space that meets cats’ needs but is also pleasing to the human eye offered wonderful suggestions ranging from simple and inexpensive solutions to showing us photos of incredible furniture and living designs that may not be affordable to the average cat guardian, but still offer inspiration for what’s possible.
Robin Olson of Kitten Associates hosted an informal roundtable discussion where she and some of the attendees shared heartwarming rescue stories.
In between sessions, there was an entire floor of cat-themed vendors to browse through, offering cat paintings, notecards, cat beds, accessories, cat furniture, and more.
The event ended with Jackson Galaxy’s keynote address. Even though I’ve known Jackson for many years, this was the first time I heard him speak, and I was blown away. He is not only thoroughly entertaining, but his genuine compassion for cats and his passion for making their lives better is nothing short of inspirational. He believes that every life matters, and that we all can do something to save more cats. I can’t think of a more purrfect message to close out this fantastic event.